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Member States agree to fully implement the Beijing Declaration on gender equality, addressing gaps that hold women back

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

[Press release] In a Political Declaration adopted today by Member States commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, leaders pledged to ramp up efforts to fully implement the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, still considered the most visionary blueprint on women’s rights. The Political Declaration is the main outcome of the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the largest annual gathering on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the UN. This year the Commission decided to scale back the session to a one-day procedural meeting with delegations and civil society representatives based in New York, in light of the COVID-19 situation.

UN Women: Rewriting the narrative is key to addressing sexual violence

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Sexual violence remains prevalent and devastating, despite recent efforts around the world. More is needed to fundamentally change the narrative and make this violation of the rights of women and girls unacceptable, including commitments at work, in schools and in homes. That was the key message underscored through deeply personal and powerful stories, a fireside chat with experts, and thrilling performances at the regional commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on the margins of the Beijing +25 Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference.

25 years after the Beijing Platform for Action in Nepal: A time for celebrations and reflections for women’s progress

Monday, December 16, 2019

Nearly 25 years have passed since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), a lot of progress has been made for Nepali women but there is still a lot to be done. This was the key message during the Beijing+25 review national consultation held in Kathmandu on 18 and 22 October 2019. BPfA was adopted during the 4th World Conference on Women in 1995 to develop global policy actions for achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Asia-Pacific countries adopt declaration to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment

Friday, November 29, 2019

Ministers and high-level officials from 45 countries in the Asia-Pacific region have committed to intensify priority actions towards realizing women’s rights and fundamental freedoms for an equal future. The Asia-Pacific Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+25 Review was adopted after intense negotiations at a three-day Ministerial Conference, organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific this week.

UN Women at the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on the Beijing+25 Review and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

Friday, November 22, 2019

The regional meeting takes place within the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, an international campaign aimed at mobilizing action to end violence against women and girls. The campaign commences on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and continuing until 10 December, Human Rights Day. As a convener of the Beijing+25 Meeting and a global lead in the area of ending violence against women, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is organizing and supporting a series of different events throughout the 3-day conference.

Beijing +25 CSO National Reviews to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

[Remarks] As highlighted by Shanthaji, the Beijing +25 commemoration, and the Generation Equality Forum to be organised by UN Women in 2020, will be a diverse and intergenerational convening. To build for the future, we must bring together the young generations of women’s rights and gender equality activists with the visionaries who crafted the Beijing Platform for Action. It is only if we bring women of all ages and from different social, economic and geographic backgrounds, with their different experiences and skills, together that we can reach our goals.

14th Inter-Provincial Ministerial Group Meeting

Thursday, October 31, 2019

[Press release] Representatives from the Federal Ministry of Human Rights, Provincial Ministers, Secretaries of Women Development Departments (WDDs) and Chairpersons of National and Provincial Commissions on the Status of Women (CSW) resolved to expedite efforts for achieving gender equality and pursue women’s empowerment as the world is set to mark the 25th anniversary of Beijing Platform for Action – Beijing +25 – next year.

From where I stand: “Young people must speak up and act to protect LGBTIQ people and women in Indonesia”

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Patriarchal values still predominate in the societies of Indonesia. Sexism permeates all levels of daily lives, including in work and public spheres. And it is even worse in political decision-making: LGBTIQ people are treated as tokens and women are sexually objectified by men in almost all decision-making processes. They are not treated as equal partners who can help better Indonesia society. Indonesia is unique with its communities of diverse religions living together in tolerance from west to east. But when sexism, extremism and patriarchy converge, the result always is oppression of LGBTIQ people and women in almost in all aspects of their lives. Patriarchal values still predominate in the societies of Indonesia. Sexism permeates all levels of daily lives, including in work and public spheres. And...

Generation Equality: Vietnamese people create modern fairy tales for equal future

Thursday, October 17, 2019

[Press release] UN Women, Embassy of Ireland and ChildFund Viet Nam are inviting all legal residents in Viet Nam, especially children and the youth, with no age limation, to participate in a new contest to eliminate gender stigma and stereotypes in fairy tales. The competition, called “Generation Equality’’, starts from 17 October 2019 and will run until 27 November 2019. The winner will have a chance to work with a professional team to develop their stories into a comic book or a video animation. The competition is part of activities to commemorate the Vietnamese Women’s Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign 2019 and the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action 2020.

Take five: “Nepal has made great progress on the implementation of the Beijing Platform of Action but much more needs to be done”

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Shanta Lakshmi Shrestha chairs the Beyond Beijing Committee (BBC), a coalition of women's rights and gender-justice organizations working to advance the status of women in Nepal. It was created after the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995. The Committee advocates and monitors the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) from the grassroots to the global level.

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